Some of you saw Drew Barrymore's roller derby flick,Whip It
, and started immediately referring to yourself as Pam D. Moanium. But as local derby coach
told us "[Skate] names are earned. A lot of people think they'll get a cool name and dress cute and that's it. No, you're an athlete. You practice your ass off, then you get a derby name."
So when you see the roster for the Broward-based Gold Coast Derby Grrls, know that Zombitch, Shreddie Mercury, Sookie Skankhouse, and Freak-A-Rella shed plenty of blood and tears for their kick-ass names. They risked dislocated jaws, shattered clavicles, and torn ACLs -- all common injuries in this riot grrl sport of fast skating and body blocking.
For those who like to watch fierce women elbow each other, the GCDG have
a match in Miami on June 4. For those who like to do the
elbowing themselves, there's a new Miami roller derby league and the
open house is this weekend.
The proposed league is called Miami's Vice City Rollers and there's
currently one team, Maidens of Mayhem Derby Rollers, with about dozen 305 ladies signed up. Organizers are holding an Open House and Meet
& Greet this Saturday in the hopes of signing on more players and
organizing three more teams (and hence, more opponents).
Miami's Vice City Rollers is being organized by a disparate group of derby fanatics, connected by Pamela Wasabi (who also shoots street fashion for this blog). One of the organizers, Lex, caught wind of local ladies' desire for a Miami team after he set up an all-female division of a local motorcycle club he's involved with. His wife used to play derby in Colombia (it seems the sport has hit big internationally as well). Other organizers also include Vanessa Rocha and former derby girls Kristen de La Rua and Jessica Diaz, who have played with various teams including Tallahassee Roller Girls and GCDB.
is big in almost every major city besides Miami. Chicago has
even moved on to offer Derby Lite -- all the glam and skating but with less
violence. It's marketed as "roller skating for fun and fitness for women
old enough to know better."
As with most trends, it takes the Magic City a little longer to join in on
the fun. But it looks like our city's roller derby time has finally
come. The Vice City Rollers already have an experienced coach, a
skilled trainer, and two practice spaces.
Roller derby girls should expect a commitment of a couple practices a
week and once the team is up and jamming, there'll be some travel to
play nearby teams. Lex advises that although the teams will use quad skates, in-line skates are totally fine for Saturday's open house.
Lex stresses that all skill levels are welcomed as the trainer can teach
non-skaters the very basics. Both genders are invited as well -- the
league may be all-female, but men are welcomed to serve as referees.
(Coincidentally, male derby exists; it's called merby. In a sport where names are everything, it's a horrible name.)
Miami's Vice City Rollers' open house is this Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
at Palmetto Golf Course (9300 SW 152nd St., Miami). Call 786-474-5747 or
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Gold Coast Derby Grrls play the Dallas Derby Devils at the Doral Park
Country Club (5001 NW 104th Ave., Doral) on Saturday, June 4. Tickets
cost $10. Visit goldcoastderbygrrls.com.